[DC LoCo] Experience with CMS? And minimum usable specs forUbuntu

Parrish Swann parrish.swann at gmail.com
Mon Aug 11 15:15:25 BST 2008

I've used Joomla! a little.  I'm working on finishing my degree as well, and
haven't had the time to get deep into it.  So far, its a great CMS, but
customizing templates can be a little daunting if you don't have a good
command of PHP.  I don't have any experience with Drupal, so I don't know if
its any better out of the box.   I've also heard WordPress can be
"converted" to a CMS from a collegue.  I agree that Google Apps for Small
Business might be a good solution for you if you just want to get away from
all the paper quickly.

I have a P3 at 900MHz and 256MB of RAM that runs Kubuntu just fine.  You
could also try Xubuntu, which should perform a little better on computers
with less resources.

On Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 9:52 AM, Jeremy Caverly <jeremyc4 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I would second the endorsement of Drupal. WordPress is even simpler if you
> want to have something others can administer even. There's some cool and
> easy tricks to make it act more like a CMS and less like a blog. Little less
> control of permissions I think. It sounds like you could even get away with
> a private Google Group or Google Apps for Small Business.
> ------Original Message------
> From: Thomas Doggette
> Sender:
> To: Lucas Moten
> Cc: Ubuntu DC-LOCO Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [DC LoCo] Experience with CMS? And minimum usable specs
> forUbuntu
> Sent: Aug 11, 2008 12:27 AM
> I've had great experience with Drupal: It's easy to run, access
> control is easy and fairly detailed. You could learn it by poking
> around with it. As for Ubuntu's system requirements, to really run
> well, you'd need Pentium 3's with 256MB of RAM, and more is better. Of
> course, for wireless access, you'd need wireless cards, which probably
> would run you 30 bucks each (and make sure you get ones with Linux
> drivers).
> On Sun, Aug 10, 2008 at 4:04 PM, Lucas Moten <lucas.moten at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Greetings,
> >
> > I joined this group a few months back, and have stuck in the shadows as a
> > lurker.  While I haven't met any of you yet, I feel that this mailing
> list
> > may be a useful resource to a problem (or set of) I'm currently working
> on.
> >
> > For the past few years I have been working on finishing up my Bachelor's
> > degree.  Barring any unforeseen circumstances, I plan to complete it at
> the
> > end of this year as I have only 2 courses remaining.  As part of the
> current
> > course I'm taking, I need to devise an IT solution for a company or
> > organization.  I decided to work on something for my homeowners
> association,
> > which currently has no formal IT solution in place.  The short version of
> > where things stand now is as follows:
> >
> >     - The association is small, just over a dozen home owners, and
> > therefore, the operating budget is quite limited
> >     - Information for the association is predominately kept in paper
> format
> >     - Some information is digitized, for example, meeting minutes and
> > financial data, but kept on individual personal computers
> >     - Not all home owners have access to a computer at home, let alone
> > internet access.
> >     - Except for myself, none of the users use Linux, and at least one
> > homeowner has indicated that they have resorted to using their Apple
> iPhone
> > for web browsing since disposing of their spyware/virus infected Windows
> box
> > a year or so ago.
> >     - All board members have access to computers and internet from work
> and
> > home
> >     - Homeowners have expressed concern about timely access to
> information
> >     - Information is for the most part, stored on site, which creates
> > considerable risk in terms of disaster recovery (ie, right now there is
> no
> > recovery possible in the case of say .. fire)
> >
> > Given the current state of organization and IT infrastructure, or lack
> > thereof, this leaves many possibilities such as the following
> >     - Planning and implementing a website, likely using an open-source
> > content management system
> >     - Establishing a local network for the association providing internet
> > access for those that don't have it at home
> >     - Setting up training and procedures for use of open source software
> > like Ubuntu, Open Office, and Scribus within the environment
> >
> > I think attacking all of these at once would be overly ambitious. I've
> been
> > focusing on a content management system in the short term which will help
> > the board of directors for the association manage the affairs of the
> > association, while contemplating getting homeowners computers to access
> it
> > from home.  While I work on a plan to address these issues, I'm curious
> if
> > anyone on the list has and would be willing to share experience about...
> >
> >     1) Implementing a CMS for an organization - Particularly Joomla,
> Drupal,
> > Daisy or OpenCMS.  I've looked at demos for each of these, but am most
> > interested in what anyone has to say about
> >         a) Access Control - How granular can it be, and ease of
> > configuration
> >         b) Skins and Templates - creating/implementing at a
> > site/section/page/document type level
> >         c) Ease of defining custom document/content types to provide
> fields
> > for consistent information
> >         d) Ease of extending with prebuilt plugins and modules, as well
> as
> > custom development
> >         e) Backing up data from a remote machine for safe storage.
> >     2) Migrating from one CMS to another - Is anyone aware of any tools
> for
> > doing this, should the need ever arise?
> >     3) Any perceive
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